Updated: Jun 4, 2018
Written by Junru Tan
Everyone has a favourite Chinese New Year snack. Most of them pack quite a caloric punch and are unhealthy. As snacking is inevitable, there is no such thing as eating just one. A few snacks here and there won’t hurt, right? Well, as tasty as they are, popular CNY goodies, such as pineapple tarts and love letters are high in fat and sugar.
Here’s the low down on 10 common goodies.
1. Kuih Bahulu
What do you call this: Kueh Bolo, Kuih Bahutu or Ji Dan Gao (鸡蛋糕)? Regardless of its name, this fluffy egg cake with a slightly crusty exterior layer and soft interior has capture the hearts of all ages.
2. Bak Kwa
Juicy, fatty and deliciously sinful, the red, smoky, fragrant and savoury snack is an all-time favourite in most Chinese households. Do you know there are other meat choices aside from the usual pork? Featuring chicken and beef barbecue jerky from Dendeng House! Conveniently packed for anytime and anywhere and available in four flavours–Original, Honey, Spicy and Black Pepper. All you need is to cook them using a grill, an oven or even an air fryer! Get a pack here.
3. Kueh Lapis
The Nonya dessert is not for the faint-hearted. Loaded with fats from the butter, the Kueh Lapis comes with 18-layers of moist cake. A teeny-weeny slice sets you back at 237 calories! Between this and pineapple tart, this is a winner in terms of high-fat and calories content.
4. Love Letters
Crispy, fragrant and sweet, love letters comes in all shapes and sizes. Among the common rolled, folded and conical-shaped ones, which is your favourite?
While Aladdin Street SG has not love letter snack, we do, however, have a Love Letter Bolster.
5. Peanut Cookies
These melt-in-your-mouth tiny poppers can often lead to mindless eating. Without knowing, it's already you 8th peanut cookie.
6. Pineapple Tarts
An iconic staple festive snacks in every home, pineapple tart–buttery, crumbly and melt-in- your-mouth pastry with pineapple filling. Instead of the usual traditional pineapple tart, more shops are jumping on the wagon of producing unique flavours like low-sugar for the health conscious and cheese.
7. Pistachio Nuts
Known as the "Happy Nuts", pistachios are given as a gift during Lunar New Year as a symbol of health, happiness, prosperity and good fortune. They contain fewer calories as compared to other nuts but avoid overconsumption and stick to one portion. Check out Tong Garden's collection and if you're looking for something special, why not try this Tea-infused Artisan Cherry Pistachio Cookie from Kokuhaku.
8. Mini Shrimp Rolls
Spicy Dried Shrimp Rolls (Hae Bee Hiam Rolls), an indispensable Chinese New Year snack, are deep fried mini spring rolls filled with spicy dried shrimp. Despite its size, popping five in your mouth will set you back at 115 calories!
9. Niao Gao (Rice Cake)
Lots of Chinese food carry auspicious meaning and Niao Gan is no less. Nian Gan (年高), which sounds like 'year high' in Chinese, symbolises a higher income, a higher position, the growth of children, and generally the promise of a better year. People often eat this for good luck but do bear in mind to never go above two slices.
10. Prawn/Lobster Crackers
Crunchy and savoury, prawn crackers are deep friend shrimp puff commonly snack on throughout South East Asia.
Change your mind about a second serving? There’s nothing wrong with pigging out on snacks on the first couple of days. After all, what’s CNY without these delicious joy? Celebrations are more fun with food, but if you’re watching your weight or trying to eat healthier, it helps to know what they contains.